Backworth edged out in close game against Lintz

BACKWORTH commenced their home programme and lost a close fought game against Lintz.

Fielding a weakened side Backworth got off to a poor start losing both openers, Alan Robson and Scott Shannon with only 20 on the board.

Sumit Puri and Paul Walker set about rebuilding the innings. Puri was stumped for 18 and the rest of the innings saw useful contributions from all of the middle order, although none went on to make a major score. Paul Walker and the inexperienced Tom Race were joint top scorers with 35 and the innings closed at 184-7.

With a makeshift bowling attack, in the absence of captain, Ian Stubbs, an early breakthrough was not achieved despite the run rate being kept in check.

Third change bowler Terry Finchen made the breakthrough by having Clennel caught behind and quickly removed Smith.

Adrian McLean chipped in with the wicket of Ryan McVitie but Goherty and Lumley took the score beyond the 100 mark before McLean bowled Goherty for 60 and Lumley for five.

Lintz edged closer to the Backworth total before Finchen returned to have Nevin and Ward caught but this proved insufficient as Lintz won by three wickets with three overs to spare. Finchen with 4-49 and McLean with 3-44 proved to be the pick of the bowlers.